Activists filing complaints after judge dismisses animal cruelty cases – WFTX-TV Fort Myers/Naples, FL
I would like to draw your attention to recent studies regarding links between animal abuse and inter-human violence. While no conclusion can be drawn that definitively establishes a causal relationship between perpetrators of animal abuse and neglect and perpetrators of violence against other people, children included, there is nonetheless a risk factor that the researchers state, “…neither are they to be disregarded.”
“Animal abuse can be a risk factor, a marker, and sometimes a precursor of other forms of violence, and vice versa. We must also remember that risk factors are not always determinative; neither are they to be disregarded (e.g., smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer). And what if a specific time order cannot be established? Nevertheless, it is still important for judges, juries, prosecutors, clinicians, child protective workers, shelter workers, veterinarians, police, and legislators to take animal abuse seriously, a point also forcefully made by Arluke and his colleagues. [emphasis added]” (AFlynn, C. P. (2011). Examining the links between animal abuse and human violence. Crime, law and social change, 55(5), 453-468)
It would seem that this local judge is out of touch with facts and current research in the areas that he is ruling on. I sincerely hope that as more and more voices are added to the judicial complaint file, action is taken by the Florida Supreme Court. This judge appears to putting more than animals at risk with his failure to act in cases of animal cruelty.
- HUMANE PROGRAM workingwith JUVENILE DETENTION CENTRE to stop ANIMAL CRUELTY (spiritandanimal.wordpress.com)
- Animal Cruelty and Antisocial Behavior: A Very Strong Link (psychologytoday.com)
- Thank Westchester County for Creating Animal Abuse Registry (forcechange.com)
- Domestic Violence Interwined With Animal Cruelty (realmanure.com)